Yesterday was really hard for me. I spent the morning volunteering at my kids’ elementary school like I do every Friday, loving their bright eyes and flushed cheeks so filled with the excitement of the season.
On the way home I heard the breaking news on the Newtown shooting. Horror and heartbreak do not begin to describe the feelings I have and I’m sure you all feel too. I couldn’t concentrate all day, I couldn’t feel anything but shock followed by deep sorrow. For the children, the families, the responders, their town, and our country.
I had planned to share some lovely things, links, and ideas yesterday, but they all seemed so trivial given the news of the day. And yet I know we all have to get back to work, go back to school, get back to our lives, and do what we can to love one another and be a light in this world.
I am the mother of elementary school children in a small town like Newtown, where the community is tight, the parents all know each other, and we care deeply for each other’s children. The thought of the families that are suffering is overwhelming, and I can’t bring myself to talk about anything merry when there is such sadness.
I’m spending the weekend holding my family a little tighter, recognizing that loving them, and having their love is a million times more important than anything material. Newtown, you are in my prayers. May God’s grace bring healing and peace to us all.